A Florida man filed a lawsuit this week alleging that while he was in the hospital a male emergency room tech sexually assaulted him.
“It has caused me a lot of damage. I haven’t been the same since this happened,” the unnamed victim said at a news conference this week, according to WFOR-TV. “He put his hands in my boxers and he grabbed my private part and he started playing with it.”
WPLG-TV reported that the alleged victim went to the hospital in the first place with leg and back pain on Sept. 15. In the ER at Palm Springs General Hospital in Hialeah, the man he said he was given medication that made him drowsy. There he alleged that such inappropriate behavior by ER Tech Rene Martinez happened not once but twice.
The first time, the man's attorney states on his website, the alleged victim said he confronted Martinez but was told he was "just checking to see if you are OK." The second time, the victim recorded the incident secretly on his cellphone while he pretended to sleep.
In addition to the accusations of fondling, the victim claims that Martinez also told him about a friend pays men to show their genitalia.
The news station reported that the patient did not call for help because he was "scared." He did, however, report the incident to the hospital the next day and went to police two weeks later. According to WFOR, Martinez denied the allegations of assault.
The news station, however, reported that it reviewed the video in full and said it "clearly shows the ER tech fondling the patient."
The police report also notes Martinez' cellphone showing an Internet history of visiting lewd male websites, according to WFOR.
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The Miami Herald reported that Martinez was arrested and charged with simple battery and an “unnatural and lascivious act."
Martinez attorney Sabino Jauregui countered the claims, telling WFOR there is more video that will give a "different impression" and saying that the man accusing his client has a long history of convicted felonies.
The Herald reported that the $5 million lawsuit is against the hospital, which declined to comment due to pending litigation.
“A hospital must protect its patients from sexual assault by hospital employees,” the alleged victim's attorney Jeff Herman, who specialized in sexual abuse cases, said at a news conference, according to the newspaper.
(H/T: Daily Mail)
This story has been updated to correct that the man being accused of this act was an emergency room tech, not a nurse.